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Second European OFS and YouFra Congress - photo gallery

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Fraternity, Family and Ecology in the heart of Congress Conclusions

With celebration of holy mass in church of Saint Peter and Paul in Mostar on 23rd of August finished 2nd European OFS and YouFra Congress. Holy Mass was celebrated by fr Miljenko Šteko, provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province.

National Elective Chapter, Ivory Coast

The National Fraternity of Ivory Coast has celebrated its National Elective Chapter in Abijan, on 20 June, 2015.The new national minister is Kizito Avi and Yves Jean Marc Odi was elected as international councillor.

National Elective Chapter, El Salvador

The National Fraternity of El Salvador has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 12 – 14 June, 2015.The new national minister is Morena Guadalupe Pérez Ayala de Deleón and Wilfredo Argueta Cazares was elected as international councillor.

Family, interreligious dialogue and care about all created as main themes of European OFS and YouFra Congress

According to motto: „Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received“ important place at the Congress took themes on family life, interreligious dialogue and care about all created.

Second European OFS and YouFra Congress opened in Mostar

With the celebration of the holy mass in the cathedral the Second European OFS and YouFra Congress has started in Mostar.

Koinonia 2015-2

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2015 - 2                                         Year 22                                   no. 86

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY FOR THE OFS AND FOR THE YOUFRA


THE FAMILY IN THE RULE AND GENERAL CONSTITUTIONS OF THE OFS
Fr. Martín Bitzer, OFMConv


Introduction

The fact that a rule so small as that of the Secular Franciscans devotes an entire article (17) to the family, tells us of the importance of family in the life of a Secular Franciscan.1
The family is an essential part in the "form of life" of every Secular Franciscan. The OFS Constitutions reaffirm this idea when they say: “Secular Franciscans should consider their own family to be the first place in which to live their Christian commitment and Franciscan vocation.” (Const. OFS 24.1)
This article has two parts. In the first we present the text of the Rule which speaks of the family and we offer our comment about it.
Considering, then, that the General Constitutions of the OFS are the application of what is contained in the Rule in its details, we think that only reading the texts constitutes the best commentary on what the family is as contained briefly in the Rule. And so we decided to quote the texts of the Constitutions dealing with the topic without giving an explanation.

The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" (Const. 1,3).

 

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